Welcome to the DPS Game Design and Computer Science Page!


This site will be a repository of links and information about game design and computer science.

  • This is a public site, but editing is limited to DPS teachers and invited educators.
  • This site has its origins as a communications device for a Durham Public Schools Professional Learning Community (PLC).
  • We can change this wiki as necessary.
  • Suggestions are welcome, and content is invited!

Please feel free to use the discussion page for comments.

New Links:


Link to Coach Payne's wiki at his new school, St. Catherine's. There is a lot of added material at this site, and it is constantly updated! http://saintsgames.wikispaces.com/


There is a brand new set of links relative to the History of Games, as well as the All-Time Top 50 Video Games and the Top Fifteen iPhone Games as of August, 2011

Uploaded Games

Due to the size of executables, many games were too large to upload. To see and review games submitted by students, please contact Coach Payne at cpayne at st dot catherines dot org.


Interesting Blog on Failed Game Designs that Came Back as Big Winners

http://thegameprodigy.com/game-designs-that-failed-then-hit-the-big-time/ : Brice Morrison's blog about game design...

Northern HS Game Design Class featured in the Durham Herald Sun!


Northern students discussed their role in class game production in an article in the Durham Herald Sun. Click here for the article.

Northern HS Game Design Class to present at MEGA


The Game Design class at Northern HS has been accepted to present their games at "Critical Thinking in 21st Century Classrooms: 12th Annual MEGA Showcase" on May 4. A description of the event may be found at http://ced.ncsu.edu/mega/events.htm .

Additions to Links


Check out the first part of the links, which include games for positive change as suggested by Jane McGonigal (see below). These are really important games!

VPython Intro Lab


A general tutorial is being developed for VPython, and should be listed by the end of summer, 2011. Some of the higher-level tutorial/lessons are designed around those developed by Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay for physics.

Student Project


The student-developed game project materials may be found on the Game Development and Simulation page. This is meant to be a joint project among several schools. Materials are updated regularly.

Jane McGonigal on Gaming


Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how. See the clip from TED (Ideas Worth Spreading) here.

Jane McGonigal on the Colbert Report

Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken, Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, was featured on the Colbert Report on February 3, 2011. Listen to her talk about the value of games, the number of female gamers, and the future of games at Colbert Nation. NOTE: this segment begins with an advertisement -- please be patient!



NC State’s Video Game Design Program One of The Princeton Review’s Top 15

Photo of Super Hero.
Photo of Super Hero.
NC State University has been recognized as one of the top undergraduate programs to teach video game design and development on The Princeton Review’s second annual list saluting the best schools in the U.S. and Canada. The list, “Top Schools for Video Game Design Study for 2011,” salutes 30 institutions in all (15 undergraduate and 15 graduate) for their outstanding game design education programs. //more//




Although the week has gone by, the material is still good!


A PDF describing the week may be found at Comp Sci Ed Week
More materials and resources may be found at the main website: http://www.csedweek.org/
Support this celebration and education event that celebrates the birthday of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992), a pioneer of computer programming.

Please tell the group about yourself when you can. Use the discussion page from the top menu to do this.

Contact: cpayne at st dot catherines dot org
Wish to join? Contact Coach Payne at the address above.